Pictures of London in Snow

Swans make light work of the wintery climate.

Battersea Park Pagoda in snow

Photos by Pavitrata
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Albert Schweitzer Quotes

"We cannot understand what happens in the universe. What is glorious in it is united with what is full of horror. What is full of meaning is united to what is senseless. The spirit of the universe is at once creative and destructive — it creates while it destroys and destroys while it creates, and therefore it remains to us a riddle. And we must inevitably resign ourselves to this."

"When in the spring the withered gray of the pastures gives place to green, this is due to the millions of young shoots which sprout up freshly from the old roots. In like manner the revival of thought which is essential for our time can only come through a transformation of the opinions and ideals of the many brought about by individual and universal reflection about the meaning of life and of the world."

" It is the fate of 'little faiths' of truth that they, true followers of Peter, whether they be Roman or the Protestant observance, cry out and sink in the sea of ideas, where the followers of Paul, believing in the Spirit, walk secure and undismayed."

"Christianity has had to give up one piece after another of what it still imagined it possessed in the way of explanations of the universe. In this development it grows more and more into an expression of what constitutes its real nature. In a remarkable process of spiritualization it advances further and further from naive naiveté into the region of profound naiveté. The greater the number of explanations that slip from its hands, the more is the first of the Beatitudes, which may indeed be regarded as prophetic word concerning Christianity, fulfilled: "Blessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven."

"When Christianity becomes conscious of its innermost nature, it realizes that it is godliness rising our of inward constraint. The highest knowledge is to know that we are surrounded by mystery. Neither knowledge nor hope for the future can be the pivot of our life or determine its direction. It is intended to be solely determined by our allowing ourselves to be gripped by the ethical God, who reveals Himself in us, and by our yielding our will to His."

"Anyone who proposes to do good must not expect people to roll stones out of his way, but must accept his lot calmly if they even roll a few more upon it. A strength which becomes clearer and stronger through its experience of such obstacles is the only strength that can conquer them. Resistance is only a waste of strength.

"Not one of us knows what effect his life produces, and what he gives to others; that is hidden from us and must remain so, though we are often allowed to see some little fraction of it, so that we may not lose courage.

"The deeper we look into nature, the more we recognize that it is full of life, and the more profoundly we know that all life is a secret and that we are united with all life that is in nature. Man can no longer live for himself alone. We realize that all life is valuable, and that we are united to all this life. From this knowledge comes our spiritual relationship to the universe.

"Never for a moment do we lay aside our mistrust of the ideals established by society, and of the convictions which are kept by it in circulation. We always know that society is full of folly and will deceive us in the matter of humanity. ... humanity meaning consideration for the existence and the happiness of individual human beings"

"The great fault of all ethics hitherto has been that they believed themselves to have to deal only with the relations of man to man. In reality, however, the question is what is his attitude to the world and all life that comes within his reach."

Albert Schweitzer Biography
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Eva Peron Quotes

I am my own woman.

"I am only a simple woman who lives to serve Peron and my people."

"I demanded more rights for women because I know what women had to put up with."

"I had watched for many years and seen how a few rich families held much of Argentina's wealth and power in their hands. So Peron and the government brought in an eight hour working day , sickness pay and fair wages to give poor workers a fair go ."

"I have one thing that counts, and that is my heart; it burns in my soul, it aches in my flesh, and it ignites my nerves: that is my love for the people and Peron."

» I know that, like every woman of the people, I have more strength than I appear to have.

» Suffer little children and come unto me.

"The nation's government has just handed me the bill that grants us our civil rights. I am receiving it before you, certain that I am accepting this on behalf of all Argentinean women, and I can feel my hands tremble with joy as they grasp the laurel proclaiming victory."

" There are some oligarchs that make me want to bite them just as one crunches into a carrot or a radish."

"Time is my greatest enemy."

Eva Peron Biography
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Jesse Owens Quotes

Jesse Owens was one of the great Olympians, famously winning four gold medals in the 1936 German Olympics.

"To me, we must learn to spell the word RESPECT. We must respect the rights and properties of our fellowman. And then learn to play the game of life, as well as the game of athletics, according to the rules of society. If you can take that and put it into practice in the community in which you live, then, to me you have won the greatest championship."

- Jesse Owens

"We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort."

- Jesse Owens

"After I came home from the 1936 Olympics with my four medals, it became increasingly apparent that everyone was going to slap me on the back, want to shake my hand or have me up to their suite. But no one was going to offer me a job."

- Jesse Owens

"The black fist is a meaningless symbol. When you open it, you have nothing but fingers — weak, empty fingers. The only time the black fist has significance is when there's money inside. There's where the power lies."
  • Said to Tommie Smith and John Carlos who had given the black power salute while receiving their Olympic medals.
Jesse Owens biography
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Leo Tolstoy Quotes

"The hero of my tale, whom I love with all the power of my soul, whom I have tried to portray in all his beauty, who has been, is, and will be beautiful, is Truth."

- Leo Tolstoy

"A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. And to act so is immoral. "

- Leo Tolstoy

"The vocation of every man and woman is to serve other people. "

- Leo Tolstoy

"If you want to be happy, be. "

- Leo Tolstoy

"Seize the moments of happiness, love and be loved! That is the only reality in the world, all else is folly. It is the one thing we are interested in here."

- Leo Tolstoy from War and Peace

"Love hinders death. Love is life. All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love. Everything is, everything exists, only because I love. Everything is united by it alone. Love is God, and to die means that I, a particle of love, shall return to the general and eternal source."

- Leo Tolstoy

"The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity by contributing to the establishment of the kingdom of God, which can only be done by the recognition and profession of the truth by every man."

- Leo Tolstoy

- Biography Leo Tolstoy
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Famous Women Poets

Some of the most famous Women poets:

Because I could not stop for Death,
He kindly stopped for me;
The carriage held but just ourselves
And Immortality.
- Emily Dickinson

In vain you try

To smother my song:

A million children

In chorus sing it

Beneath the sun!

- Gabriel Mistral

Lone in the light of that magical grove,
I felt the stars of the spirits of Love
Gather and gleam round my delicate youth,
And I heard the song of the spirits of Truth;
To quench my longing I bent me low
By the streams of the spirits of Peace that flow
In that magical wood in the land of sleep.

- Sarojini Naidu

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.

- Maya Angelou

I watched a rosebud very long

Brought on by dew and sun and shower,

Waiting to see the perfect flower:

Then, when I thought it should be strong,

It opened at the matin hour

And fell at evensong.

- Christina Rossetti

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Famous Figures of the Twentieth Century

View: List of Famous People of the Twentieth Century

Princess Diana is probably the most famous women of the twentieth Century. It is a very subjective issue of who is the most famous (or even infamous). But, it has certainly been a century of celebrities and fame. In previous centuries, fame was generally restricted to royalty, great generals, religious / spiritual figures and perhaps the odd writer or scientist.

The twentieth century has seen the rise of sport, music, science, literature and business. Not only that but it is the twentieth century that has seen people born in previous centuries become famous.

Poets and artists like Emily Dickinson, William Blake and Vincent Van Gogh were generally not well known during their lives. The twentieth century has seen these obscure figures from the past become famous - helped by the age of media, mass communication and fascination with celebrity.

View: List of Famous People of the Twentieth Century
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Greatest Nobel Prize Winner

Who was the most deserving of their nobel prizes?

The most deserving nobel peace prize winner was perhaps Mikhail Gorbachev who changed the fate of Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. In doing so ended the cold war and gave real freedom to millions.

Other very deserving candidates include Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa and Woodrow Wilson

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Scientist links

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Greatest Inventors of all Time

Who is the Greatest inventor of all time?
It is hard to pick out a winner of the greatest inventor of all time. Also for some inventions we don't know the first person to invent it was. For example, fire, the wheel, a boat. All these are marvellous and essential inventions that could have been invented by anyone.
Also, sometimes inventions don't come all at once but are more gradual evolutions. For example, Baron Von Drais is credited with inventing the bicycle. But, others made significant contributions to its development.
These are some of the greatest inventors. who do you think was the greatest inventor of all time?
  • Thomas Edison - the light bulb and many more. One of the most prolific inventors of all time
  • The Wright Brothers - for making the powered aircraft flight.
  • John Deer - inventing the plough
  • Henry Ford - for inventing the assembly line and the first low cost automobile cars
  • Benjamin Franklin - discovered electricity and invented the Franklin stove
  • Charles Babbage - created first mechanical computer
  • John Boyd Dunlop for inventing and producing the rubber pneumatic tyre.
  • Marie Curie - discovered Radium and help make use of radiation and X Rays.
  • Alexander Bell - Inventing the telephone
  • Leonardo Da Vinci - one of the greatest ever minds, invented models that proved workable 3-500 years later.
  • Galileo - the telescope and revolutionary theories about the nature of the world.
  • Tim Berners Lee the http:// protocol for the internet.
  • Archimedes - amongst other things worked out pi and developed the archimedes screw for lifting up water from mines or wells.
  • James Watt - inventor of the steam engine in the industrial revolution.
  • Nikola Tesla - fluorescent lighting, the Tesla coil, the induction motor, and 3-phase electricity and AC electricity.
  • John Logie Baird - TV

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How Much is J.K.Rowling Worth?

The 2008 Sunday Times Rich List estimated J.K.Rowling's fortune at £560 million ($798 million), ranking her as the twelfth richest woman in Britain.

According to according to the Forbes Celebrity 100 list she earnt $300 in 2007 alone, placing her 8th on the list of most powerful celebrities.

With Harry Potter books and films continuing to sell very wealth, her wealth is only likely to increase in coming years.

J.K.Rowling Charity

J.K.Rowling gives a significant % of her income to charities. Her favourite charities have included

  • Multiple Sclerosis society of Great Britain
  • Comic Relief
  • One Parent Families

She also made a donation of £1 million to the Labour party in 2008

Quotes of J K Rowling

Top 10 Richest women in UK
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Best English Cricket Team of all Time

Who would you pick for the greatest English cricket team of all time?
This is my choice.

  1. Geoff Boycott. With over 8,000 test runs, Geoff Boycott would make a great choice as a steadying influence to get the innings off to a solid start. Don't know how Geoff would cope with 20 / 20. But, this is for greatest test team of all time
  2. Len Hutton. Just under 7,000 test runs at a very high average of 56. Making him one of the best test batters of all time.
  3. W.G.Grace. We have to make room for the father of modern cricket and the best all rounder of his generation
  4. Denis Compton. For style and grace, Denis Compton would make a great number 4. 5,800 runs at an average of over 50
  5. Ken Barrington. Edging out David Gower and or Peter May. Ken Barrington scored 6,800 runs at an average of 58
  6. Ian Botham. The best all rounder is given to Ian Botham. The statistics are impressive. But, in his prime Ian Botham could and did swing games with his talent and passion
  7. Alan Knott. Simply the best wicket keeper, making him a better choice than a batsman / wicketkeeper like Alec Stewart
  8. Fred Trueman. A fiersome fast bowler with over 300 test wickets
  9. Alec Bedser. One of the great spinners
  10. Jim Laker. Another great spinner.
  11. Bob Willis. - Over 320 wickets. Great speed and accuracy.
If the wicket favoured fast bowling I would drop a spinner and add Darren Gough or Brian Statham.
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Great Military Heroes

Top 10 Military Heroes
  1. Napoleon - Successfully changed the fate of Europe in one of the most successful military campaigns of all time.
  2. Lord Nelson - defeated French at Battle of Trafalgar - effectively ending Napoleon's intention to invade England
  3. Winston Churchill. Honoured for his service in the Boers War. He also served in the first world war. His action in the Dardenelles was criticised, but, he proved instrumental in standing up to Nazi Germany in 1940.
  4. Douglas Bader. Double amputee who rejoined the RAF to fight the Germans in the Battle of Britain
  5. Saladin. United arabs to retake Jerusalem ending the Christian crusades
  6. Babur. First Moghul emperor
  7. Akbar - consolidated Moghul empire in India
  8. Oliver Cromwell - beat the Royal forces of Charles I. Controversial for his massacres in subdueing the Irish
  9. George Washington. First American president and successful commander in chief for defeating the might British Armed forces in the war of Independence
  10. Boudica - raised a native British army against the occupying Roman forces and nearly won
Other great military Heroes

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Greatest Tennis Game

Leyton Hewitt and Roger Federer play a truly remarkable rally. The quality of the video isn't brilliant but the quality of the tennis is amazing. The spontaneous standing ovation of the crowd was well deserved.

Greatest Tennis Players of all Time
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Emil Zatopek Quotes

Quotes by Emil Zatopek

"Great is the victory, but the friendship is all the greater."

"There is a great advantage in training under unfavorable conditions. It is better to train under bad conditions, for the difference is then a tremendous relief in a race."

"If you want to win something, run 100 meters.
If you want to experience something, run a marathon."

"Men, today we die a little."
- Emil Zatopek at the start of the 1956 Olympic Marathon.

"Why should I practice running slow? I already know how to run slow.
I want to learn to run fast."

"When a person trains once, nothing happens. When a person forces himself to do a thing a hundred or a thousand times, then he certainly has developed in more ways than physical.
Is it raining? That doesn't matter. Am I tired? That doesn't matter, either.
Then willpower will be no problem."

"A runner must run with dreams in his heart, not money in his pocket."

"What has passed is already finished with.
What I find more interesting is what is still to come."

"We forget our bodies to the benefit of mechanical leisure. We act continuously with our brain, but we no longer use our bodies, our limbs. It is the Africans who possess this vitality, this muscular youth, this thirst for physical action which we are lacking. We have a magnificent motor at our disposal, but we no longer know how to use it."

"You can't climb up to the second floor without a ladder....When you set your aim too high and don't fulfill it, then your enthusiasm turns to bitterness.
Try for a goal that's reasonable, and then gradually raise it."

"After all those dark days of the war, the bombing, the killing, the starvation, the revival of the Olympics was as if the sun had come out....I went into the Olympic Village and suddenly there were no more frontiers, no more barriers. Just the people meeting together. It was wonderfully warm. Men and women who had just lost five years of life were back again."
Emil Zatopek, about the 1948 London Olympics.

"I was unable to walk for a whole week after that, so much did the race take out of me.
But it was the most pleasant exhaustion I have ever known."
- after winning marathon in 1952

"If you come to think of it, you never see deer, dogs and
rabbits worrying about their menus and yet they run much faster than humans."


"When I was young, I was too slow. I thought I must learn to run fast by practicing to run fast, so I ran 100 meters fast 20 times. Then I came back, slow,slow,slow. People said, 'Emil, you are crazy. You are training like a sprinter.'"

Emil Zatopek on Interval Training, "Everyone said, 'Emil, you are a fool!'
But when I first won the European Championship, they said: 'Emil, you are a genius!'"

"He does everything wrong but win."

Larry Snyder, Ohio State track coach, about Emil Zatopek's contorted style of running.
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Top 10 Worst Hit Singles

According to TV music channel VH1 these were voted the worst hit singles by an audience of 30,000
  1. Cliff Richard - Millennium Prayer
  2. Mr Blobby - Mr Blobby
  3. Teletubbies - Teletubbies Say Eh-Oh!
  4. Aqua - Barbie Girl
  5. Eamon - F k It (I Don't Want You Back)
  6. Las Ketchup - The Ketchup Song (Asereje
  7. Blazin' Squad - Crossroads
  8. Bob The Builder - Can We Fix It?
  9. Frankee - F.U.R.B (F U Right Back)
  10. Peter Andre - Mysterious Girl
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Greatest English Football Players of All Time

Following on from Best English Football players. I found this list of English football players who have been inducted into FA Hall of fame:

* Tony Adams 1987-2000
* Viv Anderson 1978-1988
* Jimmy Armfield 1959-1966
* Alan Ball 1965-1975
* Gordon Banks 1963-1972
* John Barnes 1983-1995
* Peter Beardsley 1986-1996
* Colin Bell 1968-1975
* Steve Bloomer 1895-1907
* Bobby Charlton 1958-1970
* Jack Charlton 1965-1970
* Dixie Dean 1927-1932
* Duncan Edwards 1955-1957
* Tom Finney 1946-1958
* Paul Gascoigne 1988-1998
* Jimmy Greaves 1959-1967
* Johnny Haynes 1954-1962
* Glenn Hoddle 1979-1988
* Emlyn Hughes 1969-1980
* Roger Hunt 1962-1969
* Geoff Hurst 1966-1972
* Kevin Keegan 1972-1982
* Tommy Lawton 1938-1948
* Gary Lineker 1984-1992
* Nat Lofthouse 1950-1958
* Wilf Mannion 1946-1951
* Stanley Matthews 1934-1957
* Jackie Milburn 1948-55
* Bobby Moore 1962-1973
* Stan Mortensen 1947-1953
* Martin Peters 1966-1974
* Bryan Robson 1980-1991
* Paul Scholes 1997-2004
* Alan Shearer 1992-2000
* Peter Shilton 1970-1990
* Nobby Stiles 1965-1970
* Ray Wilson 1960-1968
* Billy Wright 1946-1959
* Ian Wright 1991-1998

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Greatest Footballers of All Time

The two footballers who really stand out are Pele and Maradona. I would give the greatest footballer to Pele for his sheer brilliance but also span of career. Maradona may have challenged Pele if his career hadn't petered out somewhat prematurely.

The others who make the top 10 would be
  • Johan Cryuff
  • Zinedine Zidane
  • Franz Beckenbauer
  • Michel Platini
  • Eusébio da Silva Ferreira
  • George Best
  • Ronaldo (Brazil)
  • Ronaldhino

Football biographies
Top 10 English Players of all time

Greatest Football Compilation of Skills and Goals

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Greatest Golf Shots

Some of the greatest golf shots by the top pros.

Tiger Woods from the bunker and on a steep slope

Amazing golf Shot by Fuzzy Zoeller

Top 10 Golf Shots

Greatest golfers of all time
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Best English Football Players

Who is the Best English football player of All Time?

Leading contenders:
  • Bobby Moore
  • Sir Bobby Charlton
  • Gordon Banks
  • Bryan Robson
  • Gary Linekar

Top English Football Players

Football Biographies
Most Caps for English Football Team
  1. Peter Shilton 1970 - 1990 - 125
  2. Bobby Moore 1962 - 1973 - 108
  3. David Beckham [*] 1996 - 107
  4. Sir Bobby Charlton 1958 - 1970 - 106
  5. Billy Wright 1946 - 1959 - 105
  6. Bryan Robson 1980 - 1991 - 90
  7. Michael Owen[*] 1998 - - 89
  8. Kenny Sansom 1979 - 1988 - 86
  9. Gary Neville[*] 1995 - 85
  10. Ray Wilkins 1976 - 1986 - 84
(*) still playing

Video of Some Best Players of Modern Game
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Photos of Oxford in Snow

In January 2009, unusual weather conditions bought a good dusting of snow, transporting the historic heart of Oxford. These are some photos of the snowy conditions.


Radcliffe Camera Square with a light dusting of snow


Mick on the way to work in the snow


Cycling through snow


Cycling through snow shower


Cycling through snow


Heavy snow

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